June 27, 2017 at Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in Liverpool.
SUMMER WITH MONIKA
Roger McGough with Ensemble 10/10
‘I spent the summer with Monika and Monika spent the summer with me’.
Roger McGough’s magical, iconic tale of love was published in 1967 and subsequently scored and released on record with music by composer and guitarist Andy Roberts.
Now, for the 50th anniversary, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s new music group, Ensemble 10/10, will play Robert’s original arrangements as McGough reads his epic poem, and will also feature more of his classic poetry set alongside other music.
Roger McGough has quite rightly has been called Liverpool’s own Poet Laureate and these shows also feature more of his classic poetry set to music.
Summer with Monika: Roger McGough with Ensemble 10/10 is part of Liverpool’s city-wide season of performances and events marking the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Summer of Love, one of the defining moments in modern culture and creativity. Liverpool played a big part in the outpouring of cultural energy and creativity.
1967 saw the release of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra joins forces with The Bootleg Beatles and Roger McGough once again, for an symphonic recreation, arranged by Nigel Osborne, of the famous album (31 May & 3 June).
The best-selling Penguin Modern Poets No.10, The Mersey Sound, which featured the poetry of Roger McGough, Brian Patten and the late Adrian Henri, was published, and our Hope Street neighbours, Everyman and Unity Theatres, will also present events that celebrate the trio.